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Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the progressive lens and Chairman and CEO of Essilor from 1980-1991, was presented with the prestigious Apollo Award at this year’s 117th Annual American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. The Apollo Award honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. This year’s award not only pays tribute to Maitenaz but also to the groundbreaking nature of the innovation behind progressive lenses – both today and in the past. In 1959, following eight years of research, Maitenaz, a young mechanical engineer at Essilor in France, created Varilux®, the world’s first progressive lens. Since then Varilux lenses have gone on to set the standard of visual comfort for people with presbyopia by providing seamless vision at all distances. Presbyopia is the most widespread vision problem in the world – affecting everyone over the age of 45 regardless of location, health or economic circumstance; yet more than 50 percent of people with presbyopia across the world do not benefit from glasses or adequate correction. By 2020, it’s estimated that 2.3 billion people will have presbyopia. In 2012, in its continued mission...
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Patient Data Leads Hoya To New Progressive Lens Designs

Patient Data Leads Hoya To New Progressive Lens Designs

Technology leader, HOYA Vision Care has announced the launch of iD LifeStyle 2 Harmony™ and iD LifeStyle 2 Clarity™. Both are highly customized progressive lens designs that are based on years of data collection and analysis. “Bottom line is we are in this business for the patients. We innovate so patients will have the best vision correction possible,” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA, he continued, “The data we have collected has brought us to this moment when we can offer our customers a superior customized lens design that will make their patients very, very happy.” iD LifeStyle Clarity is a progressive lens design with its primary focus on maximizing distance vision which tends to be most important to newer, more active, progressive lens wearers in the 35 to 50 age range. iD LifeStyle Harmony is designed to be the “go-to” progressive lens when you want to provide the most comfortable distribution of powers across the primary viewing areas. Both iD LifeStyle 2 Harmony and iD LifeStyle Clarity offer the following benefits: Front surface curvature follows the natural eye ball rotation for extremely natural progression which leads to smooth...
Filed in: Ophthalmic Lenses
Essilor Debuts New Varilux Branding Campaign

Essilor Debuts New Varilux Branding Campaign

DALLAS – Jan., 2012 – Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today launched a new trade print branding campaign to highlight how Varilux® progressive lenses offer solutions to presbyopia in different situations of one’s daily life. The print ads communicate that Varilux improves vision at a distance, up close or in between offering a personalized solution for each wearer at any distance. The new branding campaign, which includes print visuals and a video, will showcase how Varilux lenses respond to diverse visual needs, via four individuals portrayed in different situations of their daily lives, who depend on clear vision both up close and at a distance. The main visual presents a man who is an architect by profession and also enjoys flying glider-planes. By showcasing these different moments, the campaign tells the story of how Varilux lenses work in harmony with the wearers’ vision and visual behavior. “Varilux lenses provide patients with the most superior vision no matter what they do, at every distance and in every situation of their lives,” said Carl Bracy, senior vice president of marketing and new business, Essilor of America....
NASA Flight Certifies Superfocus Glasses for Discovery Astronauts

NASA Flight Certifies Superfocus Glasses for Discovery Astronauts

LOS ANGELES— Superfocus LLC, creators of Superfocus adjustable-focus eyeglasses, have received flight certification of Superfocus from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use by astronauts on Discovery’s final spaceflight (STS-133) and aboard the International Space Station. Two of the STS-133 astronauts were fitted with Superfocus in Houston, Texas prior to Discovery’s launch on Thursday. The crew will also be delivering additional pairs of Superfocus glasses to the International Space Station. The NASA evaluation and flight certification process involved a thorough materials and structural analysis to ensure Superfocus would perform safely and reliably during spaceflight. The glasses will not be used during space walks, as they cannot be adjusted inside the space suit, according to Superfocus. “We’re excited to play a role on the final Discovery mission, by improving the visual experience for crew aboard the Shuttle and the International Space Station. We expect that Superfocus will help the astronauts in their daily work and also allow them to enjoy a crystal clear view from space,” said Adrian Koppes, CEO of Superfocus. “NASA...
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FDA Approves SynergEyes Application for Silicone Hydrogel Hybrid Contact Lenses

FDA Approves SynergEyes Application for Silicone Hydrogel Hybrid Contact Lenses

CARLSBAD, Calif. – SynergEyes, Inc., the manufacturer of hybrid contact lens technology, reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company’s application for a next generation silicone hydrogel hybrid contact lens. The new hybrid platform is cleared for use in the correction of hyperopic, myopic and astigmatic refractive error including presbyopia, in aphakic and non-aphakic non-diseased eyes. The lenses are indicated for daily wear for the correction of up to +20.00 and -20.00D in eyes with astigmatism up to +6.00D. SynergEyes said it will market the new hybrid technology as two contact lens products: Duette hybrid contact lenses for astigmatism and Duette Multifocal for presbyopia. “Duette hybrid contact lenses represent a significant advancement in the contact lens industry and give eye care professionals an innovative product that delivers an unprecedented combination of visual acuity and comfort to a broad range of patients,” said Jim Ham, CEO for SynergEyes, Inc. “Our next generation products will re-define state-of-the art in the vision correction industry.” Duette hybrid contact lenses for astigmatism are currently available...
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